Lancaster Mother And Boyfriend Indicted In 10-Year-Old's Tortured Death


On Wednesday morning a grand jury indicted the mother, and her boyfriend, accused of torturing and killing a 10-year-old boy in Lancaster. Anthony Avalos died on June 21 after days of alleged torture and abuse.

The boy's mother, Heather Maxine Barron, and her boyfriend, Kareem Ernesto Leiva, originally pleaded not guilty earlier in the year. But on Wednesday, the couple was charged with capital murder charges in the death of the young child.

According to the court documents, the abuse included whipping the boy, pouring hot sauce on his face, dropping him on his head, and more. The two are due back in court in Lancaster on November 27 to determine if there is enough evidence to stand trial.

Paramedics arrived to the family's apartment after a 911 call in June and found the boy unresponsive. Authorities were told that Avalos had fallen and hurt himself, but investigators said they immediately knew the death was "suspicious."

DCFS Director Bobby Cagle released a statement that said, "As our department grieves the senseless death of Anthony Avalos, my primary focus must be on the in-depth, top-to-bottom review now underway to determine exactly what happened and what needs to happen to safeguard innocent lives going forward."

Read the full report on ABC 7.


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